Scavenger photo hunt – April

Time flies as they say, and the scavenger photo hunt has arrived once again, with this month’s six topics being – edge, loaf, bridge, mine, black and my own choice. A couple of photos I took while away over the Easter weekend have lent themselves well to a couple of the topics so here’s my selections for this month.
Just a few days ago, on Easter Monday, I did a bit of exploring around the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake and a convenient parking place at the side of one of the country lanes gave me access to a lakeside woodland walk and several little stony ‘beaches’ where I was able to walk right along the water’s edge. Incidentally, Bassenthwaite Lake is the only body of water in the Lake District with ‘lake’ in its name, all the others are ‘waters’, ‘meres’ or ‘tarns’.
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Edge – the water’s edge at Bassenthwaite Lake
When is a loaf not a loaf? – when it looks like a loaf but is actually a birthday cake. This one was done for Michael a couple of years ago via the ‘design your own birthday cake’ gadget in our local Asda ; the photo doesn’t really do it justice, the cake was so realistic it really did look like a proper Warburton’s toastie loaf complete with tears and creases in the wrapper.
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Loaf – a cake made to look like a loaf
Off to St. Olaves in Norfolk now with a bridge I’ve driven over many times and which looks quite modern but is older than you would think. It carries the A143 over the River Waveney and is the first crossing point on that river south of Great Yarmouth. The road bridge itself was built in 1847 and is a very early example of a bowstring girder bridge with ornamental railing parapets ; the original decking was replaced with steel in 1920 and replaced again in 1959, with the pedestrian walkway being added in 1960. The notice on the side of the bridge warns boaters to ‘lower windscreen, keep off deck, sound horn’ – the river is tidal, and with ever increasing boat sizes there’s more than one holiday cruiser got stuck under the bridge in the past.
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Bridge – St. Olaves bridge over the Waveney in Norfolk
From east to west now with a visit to Anglesey and part of Parys Mountain copper mine. In 1768 a huge mass of copper ore was discovered close to the surface, a discovery which transformed the shape of the mountain and the fortunes of a nation. The Great Open Cast was created by miners using little more than picks, shovels and gunpowder, and what can be seen on the surface hides many miles of underground tunnels, shafts and huge caverns. I’ve walked round Parys Mountain several times in the last few years, it’s an amazing place full of amazing colours, and in late summer when the heather is in full bloom it’s really beautiful.
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Mine – the amazing colours of the old Parys Mountain copper mine
Closer to home now and the local hamlet of Firwood Fold, the town’s very first conservation area, and notable for being the birthplace of Samuel Crompton, inventor of the Spinning Mule. All the cottages in the hamlet are private residences and No. 5 is unusual in that it has two adjacent front doors. It was originally the hamlet’s school, with one door for the school itself and the other for the teacher’s house. Surprisingly, even though I learned about Samuel Crompton at school and Firwood Fold is less than two miles from home, I’d never actually been there until one day in March last year.
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Black – the two front doors of No. 5 Firwood Fold
Finally, and quite coincidentally, another bridge for my last photo. This was taken just a few days ago while I was wandering round Cockermouth, and when I downloaded it onto the pc (along with the other 364 I took over the four days!) I thought it looked pretty enough to be included as my own choice for this month.
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My own choice – riverside and footbridge at Cockermouth
Well there you have it, my selections for this month’s photo hunt ; as always I’m joining in withΒ Kate’s link-up partyΒ and looking forward to seeing what others have chosen for their photos and stories this time – I’m sure there’ll be some very interesting selections.
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24 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – April

    1. I thought you might like those two Jayne πŸ™‚ The full size version of the last one is really pretty and is now my current favourite. I saw the last post on your own blog the evening I got back home and have been wondering if you were okay – take care x

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  1. With Michael working where he does a toastie loaf was an ideal subject for a birthday cake. I don’t know how Asda actually make them from customers’ photos but this was so well done it was a shame to cut into it.

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  2. Thank you for hosting the challenge Kate. I hadn’t really thought what my own choice would be until I took that last photo the other day and it seemed to be just perfect for it πŸ™‚

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  3. Lovely selection of pictures. That Loaf cake is amazing and I love the two front doors. I wonder which the owners actually use to enter their house.

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    1. I would assume they use the door on the left – although the one on the right has a door knocker the one on the left has a letter box and door number so I would think that’s the ‘official’ door.

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  4. I’m with Hawthorn – the bridges are my favourites. I did think your edge photo very peaceful – a lot is going on in my life at the moment and I’m sure Beloved and myself would rather be at that water’s edge…. any idea if the 2 doors open into one room or two rooms? Nice looking doors though.

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  5. The water’s edge was certainly very peaceful and it was lovely just to wander along in the sunshine with the dogs and have no time limit on how long I stayed. I have no idea about the two doors but just think what fun someone could have they opened into separate rooms of the same house πŸ™‚

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  6. Great selection & I too love both bridges & both “black” doors. That’s unusual to have two doors. Is that really a “birthday” cake? My favourite is probably the mine photo, because of the spectacular colourings. I am a colour freak…. Have a great weekend & take care.

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    1. Being in a conservation area the properties will be listed buildings so whoever lives in that house will have to keep the two front doors – I think it’s a very quirky feature πŸ™‚

      That really is a birthday cake, not only did it look like a Warburton’s loaf it was the same size too. It actually had numbers standing on top but I cropped the photo to not show them.

      If you like colours then you’d love Parys Mountain as the colours there are so varied and bright, and with the heather in full bloom it’s a beautiful place. I still haven’t explored all of it yet so I’ll be going back again soon πŸ™‚

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  7. The cake was brilliantly done and it was hard to tell that it wasn’t actually a proper loaf. The heathery landscape of Parys Mountain is lovely with all the different colours – the place is bigger than it looks on a map and with several different paths it makes a great dog walk πŸ™‚

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  8. The lakeside just there is backed by a narrow wooded area which I walked through first, it was lovely to hear all the different birds in the trees πŸ™‚ I don’t know how the cake was made just from a photograph but it was brilliantly done πŸ™‚

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  9. A very pretty view of the bridge at Cockermouth and the loaf cake is very impressive. Parys Mountain photo is impressive too. I enjoyed your choices.
    Diana

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  10. Thanks for the comment Diana, I’m glad you like my selections. When I first drove past Parys Mountain a few years ago I thought it looked like an ugly blot on a very nice landscape but when I finally took a walk up there I realised how lovely it really is. The diverse range of colours is amazing and with the heather in full bloom the place has a beauty all of its own.

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  11. The cake was brilliant, and it was so hard to tell that it wasn’t a real loaf πŸ™‚ Right now I’m busy writing about my Easter camping break on my other blog but I will (eventually) get round to visiting everyone else’s photo hunt posts πŸ™‚

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